Gas meter accident closes street

A contractor using a backhoe and sledge hammers to tear off a porch in the 1100 block of West Southern Avenue in South Williamsport accidentally struck a gas meter about 4 p.m. Saturday, borough fire officials said.

The block was closed to traffic as gas escaped from a hole in the line, but a gas company emergency response team was at the scene within 15 minutes and quickly shut off the gas, officials said.

No evacuations were necessary.